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Vacation post - 09-01-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

-Happy 27th birthday to former Penguins forward Harry Zolnierczyk (above). A free agent signing last season, Zolnierczyk career with the Penguins amounted to 13 games and two goals. Earlier this offseason, he joined the Islanders as a free agent.

-Happy 50th birthday to former North Stars/Canadiens/Lightning/Mighty Ducks/Capitals forward Brian Bellows. A three-time all-star who has 1,022 career points on his resume, Bellows' most famous - or more accurately, infamous - moment in the NHL was being the subject of a brutally vulgar heckling session at the hands of Penguins forward Kevin Stevens and Bryan Trottier during the 1991 Stanley Cup final. The video can be viewed through this link. Warning: It's not safe for work. Or any environment really.

(Photo: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

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Labor Day

Written by Rob Rogers on .

Labor Day isn't just a chance to get away for a three day weekend, it is also a chance to reflect on the role labor in our country's history. 

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Guardians reigns supreme for summer and year to date

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

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“Guardians of the Galaxy” is finishing the summer as the No. 1 movie of the season and the entire year, to date, in North America. 
 
It’s expected to gross an estimated $16 million through today with Labor Day the official end of the summer movie season for Hollywood. It has grossed an estimated $547.7 million globally, Rentrak reports. 
 
Here are the early estimates for the weekend (minus Monday) courtesy of Rentrak:
 
1. “Guardians of the Galaxy” —  $16,313,000, bringing its total in North America to $274,600,000.
2. “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” — $11,750,000, for $162,405,980 to date. 
3. “If I Stay” — $9,260,000, or $29,821,521 since release. 
4. “As Above, So Below” — $8,342,400.
5. “Let’s Be Cops” — $8,200,000, making for $57,321,521 so far. 
6. “The November Man” — $7,660,000 for the weekend, bringing its total since its Wednesday arrival to $9,351,474.
7. “When the Game Stands Tall” — $5,650,000, or $16,320,092 to date. 
8. “The Giver” — $5,253,000, bumping its gross to $31,525,650.
9. “The Hundred-Foot Journey” — $4,603,000, nudging it to $39,400,000.
10. “The Expendables 3” — $3,500,000, for $33,139,049 so far. 
 
Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for Rentrak, also reports:  “The 30th anniversary of ‘Ghostbusters’ hit 784 theaters this weekend and scared up a nostalgic $1.65 million. 
 
“Rentrak/Screen Engine’s PostTrak survey showed that 65 percent of the moviegoers for the comedy classic were over 25 years old and 60 percent were male.  The film also scored an enthusiastic 4 out of 5 stars on the PostTrak likability index.”Ghostbustersblog831
 
 
 

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Vacation post - 08-31-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

-No birthdays today.

-Today's Obligatory video: The tragic "X Generation:"

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Child Soldiers

Written by Rob Rogers on .

The tragic shooting at an Arizona gun range, where a 9-year-old girl accidentally shot her instructor with an Uzi, raises many questions. One of those questions is this: why are we training our children to fire assault weapons? 

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